BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. received a score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign on the 2013 U.S. Corporate Equality Index.

This is the ninth consecutive year Whirlpool has attained a perfect score on the index, the first and only appliance company to do so, the company said in a news release. The Corporate Equality Index rates American workplaces on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality.

Marc Bitzer, president of North American Region for Whirlpool, said the perfect score on the Index is a result of the company’s dedication to workplace equality. In 2002, Whirlpool instituted domestic partner benefits, and recently introduced benefits to support transgender employees. Whirlpool also created its own video, “It Gets Better” in honor of National Coming Out Day, and is the first appliance brand to feature same-sex couple families in national appliance ads. It has implemented LGBT equality diversity training to employees across the U.S. and has a track record of supporting LGBT workplace equality at both the state and federal levels of government.

Whirlpool has six employee resource groups, one of which is the PRIDE Network, established in 1999 for the company’s LGBT employees and their supporters.